Grady Booch is Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research where he leads IBM’s research and development on embodied cognition. Having originated the term and the practice of object-oriented design, he is best known for his work in advancing the fields of software engineering and software architecture. A co-author of the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a founding member of the Agile Alliance, and a founding member of the Hillside Group, Grady has published six books and several hundred technical articles, including an ongoing column for IEEE Software and IEEE Spectrum. Grady is also a trustee for the Computer History Museum. He is an IBM Fellow, an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, has been awarded the Lovelace Medal and given the Turing Lecture for the BCS, and was named an IEEE Computer Pioneer for his work in software architecture.

Grady has served as an architect or architectural mentor for a multitude of complex software-intensive systems across many domains around the world, including finance, transportation, defense, commerce, productivity, government, medical, gaming, animation, software development, artificial intelligence, and many others.

Grady is currently developing a major transmedia documentary for public broadcast on the intersection of computing and the human experience: Computing.


Christian Kästner is associate professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, interested in limits of modularity and complexity caused by variability in software systems. He develops mechanisms, languages, and tools to implement variability in a disciplined way despite imperfect modularity, to understand feature interactions and interoperability issues, to detect errors, to help with nonmodular changes, and to improve program comprehension in software systems, typically systems with a high amount of variability. Among others, he has developed approaches to parse and type check all compile-time configurations of the Linux kernel in the TypeChef project. He is also interested in open-source sustainability and teaching software engineering for AI-enabled systems.


Mark Harman is a research scientist at Facebook and a part time professor of Software Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at University College London. Previously, he was CREST centre director (2006-2017; 30 direct reports). Head of Software Systems Engineering (2012-2017; ∼80 transitive reports).
He co-founded the field of Search Based Software Engineering (SBSE), which has ∼ 1700 active researchers in 42 different countries. He is the recipient of the 2019 Harlan D. Mills Award. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated long-standing, sustained, and impactful contributions to software engineering.


Diego Oppenheimer is founder and CEO of Algorithmia. He is an entrepreneur and product developer with an extensive background in all things data. Prior to founding Algorithmia he designed, managed and shipped some of Microsoft’s most used data analysis products including Excel, Power Pivot, SQL Server and Power BI.

Diego holds a Bachelors degree in Information Systems and a Masters degree in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University.